NRA to oppose Violence Against Women Act: report

Greg Nash

The National Rifle Association (NRA) will oppose renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), National Journal reported this week.

The NRA’s opposition reportedly stems from so-called “red-flag” provisions that seek to prevent people who have committed domestic abuse from obtaining firearms. Republicans discussed asking the NRA to oppose the bill to give them political cover vote against it, according to National Journal.

{mosads}The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The VAWA provides funds for programs aimed at preventing domestic violence. The measure was first signed into law in 1994 but lapsed last month after Congress did not extend it. House Democrats plan to vote next week to renew it

“The fact that Nancy Pelosi and her minions of anti-gun zealots insist on adding a gun-control poison pill to an otherwise good bill is just another example of the shameful politics Americans hate and why they have such a negative view of politicians,” an NRA spokesperson told HuffPost on Wednesday.

In response to the National Journal report, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted that members of Congress will have to decide whether they will protect domestic abuse survivors. 

“Members have a decision to make: will they protect survivors of stalking & domestic abuse? Or are they willing to allow their convicted stalkers & abusers to have access to firearms?” she wrote. 

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